According to Donald Trump, the "shackles" are now off.
Why are they off? A lot of Republicans are removing their support for the Republican presidential nominee.
Long story short, it's basically social suicide if you support Trump now.
To be fair, the GOP kind of already bit the bullet when they agreed to support him.
But following his comments about women recently, they really regret that decision.
These "shackles" apparently held him back from attacking Senator John McCain, a former prisoner of war, who Trump has already said was not a war hero.
McCain was a Navy pilot who was shot down over Hanoi and spent almost six years as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam. He refused early release despite being beaten.
Basically, Trump says that "war heroes" are not the ones who are captured.
McCain, who is running for reelection in senate to represent Arizona and was a former republican presidential nominee in 2008, joined many other Republican leaders who turned their back on Trump after leaked audio had the reality TV star saying he could grab women "by the pussy."
After McCain dropped his support, Trump took the defensive and said that McCain is more "foul mouthed" and that he also begged for Trump's support in his own primaries.
The five-term senator said,
Donald Trump's behavior this week, concluding with the disclosure of his demeaning comments about women and his boasts about sexual assaults, make it impossible to continue to offer even conditional support for his candidacy.
Again, those "locker room remarks" highlight the fact that Donald Trump believes that all men talk this way about women.
He 100 percent believes men sexualize women as objects.
This is the defense that Trump throws (true or not): "Well, HE did it FIRST!"
In this video, Trump speaks of his "locker room talk" and says women have come up to him and said about his remark,
Boy, I've heard that, and I've heard a lot worse than that in my life.
Trump also says that John McCain has the "dirtiest mouth in all of the senate."
As if Trump's remarks are the norm, as if "grab her by the pussy" is the least of our worries and that everything is okay because at least he just said that.
After being asked why McCain decided to pull support, the senator said,
When Mr. Trump attacks women and demeans the women in our nation and in our society, that is a point where I just have to part company.